The Quad Boston concept was developed in 2015 by THP Ultra Ambassador, David Clark, who wanted to do something to bring awareness to the disease of addiction. An ultra-marathoner, he decided to run the Boston Marathon route four consecutive times with the 4th being the official Boston Marathon. Over 100 miles were covered and lives were positively impacted. Why run again in 2017? In 2016 within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts there were 1,465 confirmed opioid-related overdose deaths with 514 more estimated. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 21.5 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battle a substance. Awareness and funds are needed to continue the conversation, develop prevention programs, provide treatment navigation and support families and individuals suffering from addiction.
The run will step off at the Boston Marathon Finish line on Boylston Street in Boston MA at 1:46pm on Sunday, April 16th. The 1:46pm start time was identified to honor the 1,465 confirmed opioid-related overdose deaths within the state of MA in 2016. Each leg of the Quad Boston will be back to back concluding with the running of the 121st running of the Boston Marathon. Interested in running a portion of the first three legs with our team? RUN WITH THE QUAD TEAM
To make a donation and honor a loved one or family member who have been touched by the disease of addiction please CLICK HERE. After entering your donation be sure to type your loved one’s name and which leg of the Quad Boston you would like them represented on. All donations to benefit the mission and programs of The Herren Project.
David Clark, THP Ultra Ambassador
An accomplished endurance athlete, author and trainer, David found recovery 11 years ago. He joined the THP team in the Fall of 2016 focus ing on ultra-marathons and endurance events to bring awareness to the disease of addiction and hope that it is never too late to set a goal and accomplish a dream. In 2015 David ran the Quad Boston to bring aware ness to addiction, honor those struggling, those who have made it to recovery, all the families touched by addiction and finally for those lost to the disease.
John O’Brien, Running Enthusiast
Alcoholism and Drug Addiction…silently touched John’s family in some way or another. (Uncles, Cousins, Friends). He has run over 21 marathons in 3 countries as well as finishing in the top 100 in the 2016 Leadville Trail race. John was born and raised in MA and looks forward to returning to his home state to be a member of the Quad Boston Team.
Jim Riley, Musician
Born on Cape Cod and raised in East Bridgewater, Jim Riley has been singing Sweet Caroline his whole life (bum bum bum) and is a member of the Metalcore band The Ghost Inside. A lifelong sports fan and runner, THP combines Jim’s passion for athletics with philanthropy. Jim runs for those that need help taking the first step in recovery and the 1,465 families who were tied to opioid over doses in 2016, spreading the love to all those impacted by the opioid epidemic.
James Olson, Former Navy Seal
Boston Spine Society Managing Director, a retired U.S. Navy SEAL- leads one of Boston’s most respected innovative medical device distribution firms. As the chief executive officer of Boston Spine Society, James oversees spinal surgeries and educates physicians and health care professionals. Born in Inglewood, CA James attended Framingham State College before graduating from BUD/S Class 196, and joining US Navy SEAL Team Three.